Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Colorado Sold Just Shy Of One Billion Dollars Worth Of Cannabis In 2015

At the beginning of 2015 a lot of people were estimating that Colorado would sell over one billion dollars worth of cannabis. Recreational marijuana became legal to sell in Colorado at the beginning of 2014, with a regulated medical marijuana system already in existence. The roll out of recreational marijuana sales took a bit to ramp up, and 2014 was seen as a ‘warm up’ of sorts. 2015 was predicted to be the year that the one billion dollar mark would be crossed in Colorado, and Colorado came very, very close. Per The Cannabist: Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $996,184,788

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Feb 092016
 February 9, 2016
Popular Marijuana Pesticide Pulled From Store Shelves, Banned In Oregon

I don’t currently grow marijuana, but I did for a handful of years. I always tell people that there are three plagues that should be dealt with swiftly and completely when growing marijuana – bugs, heat, and mildew. There are a lot of battles that will be fought while growing marijuana, but those three were the toughest to deal with. Powdery mildew is especially harsh in the Pacific Northwest where I live because of so much rain. We don’t deal with heat all that often, but it does happen during the summer during some stretches. Bugs for the most part

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Feb 082016
 February 8, 2016
Shinnecock Indian Nation Is Getting Into The New York Medical Marijuana Industry

Near the end of 2014 the Obama Administrative released a memo that stated that if Native American tribes decided to legalize medical and/or recreational marijuana, that they would be allowed to do so without federal interference. Since that time a handful of tribes have announced that they are pursuing ventures. The latest of those is the Shinnecock Indian Nation in New York. New York’s medical marijuana industry just started, so this is very significant news. Per Marijuana Business Daily: It looks like New York’s five medical cannabis companies will have some more competition by the end of the year. At least,

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Feb 082016
 February 8, 2016
'At Your Own Risk' Warning From Detroit To Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Compassion Chronicles told you that 211 Detroit medical marijuana facilities have been put on notice by the city’s Law Department that they are subject to police action for their continued operation after March 31. The notice came in a letter addressed by attorney Melvin ‘Butch’ Hollowell of Detroit’s Corporation Counsel; we have finally obtained a copy of that letter (see attached images below). Hollowell does not mince words in the letter. “I am writing to you to give you advisory notice that this location has been identified as conducting business activities pertaining to medical marihuana in a commercial building,”

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Feb 072016
 February 7, 2016
Barney Frank To The Marijuana Industry: "Thank You For Being Responsible"

Today was one of those days that I had to pinch myself because I felt so lucky. I got to attend a brunch fundraiser for legendary United States Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who has fought for the cannabis reform movement for a very long time, and continues that support as more states allow a thriving cannabis industry to exist by leading the charge in Congress. The fundraiser was hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). Speaking at the fundraiser was another individual that led the charge for many, many years in Congress. That individual was former Congressman Barney Frank

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Feb 062016
 February 6, 2016
Woody Harrelson Wants To Get Into The Hawaii Medical Marijuana Industry

Woody Harrelson has been a long time support of reform. He has participated in Seattle Hempfest, and was even arrested for trying to very publicly plant hemp seeds. He’s a freedom fighter in every way. I have always been a Woody Harrelson fan, even before I was an activist. I grew up watching him on the show Cheers and he was my favorite character, and his film White Men Can’t Jump is absolutely one of my all time favorites. When I was playing hoops growing up, if I wasn’t wearing a Portland Trailblazer jersey, I often wore a homemade jersey with ‘Billy

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Feb 062016
 February 6, 2016
NCIA Releases 280E Guide To Help Marijuana Businesses During Tax Season

I get asked all the time for advice and tips on how to start a marijuana business. Most of the time people want to bounce ideas off of me that involve growing and/or selling marijuana. Sometimes it will involve an ancillary industry idea, but for the most part the people that I talk to want to pursue a business idea that involves ‘touching the plant’ as a lot of people in the industry say these days. I offer up my two cents on what it would take to start a garden and/or a dispensary as best I can, and always

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Feb 042016
 February 4, 2016
Oaksterdam University Sponsors Stepping High Festival In Jamaica

The Stepping High Festival, also known as the Jamaican Ganja Cup, is scheduled for March 5 and 6, 2016, in Negril, Jamaica. Offering an authentic Jamaican cultural experience built on the foundation of Rastafari culture and spirituality, family, community, friendship and love. The Stepping High Festival will feature exhibitions, entertainment and education—including seminars conducted by Oaksterdam University. “Oaksterdam has partnered with Stepping High because of its focus on cannabis, the community, the Jamaican people, and the local jobs available because of the festival,” said Dr. Aseem Sappal, Provost and Dean of Faculty for Oaksterdam University. “Now is an exciting time.

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
Detroit Puts 211 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries On Notice

As early as this morning, medical marijuana dispensaries in Detroit will be opening envelopes containing letters from the City of Detroit regarding the city’s new registration process- and a reminder that most of them will not be in operation for very much longer. The letter was referenced in a Powerpoint presentation created by three different divisions of government and delivered to City Council during a meeting Tuesday morning. The presentation, titled “Medical Marihuana Caregiver Center Application Process Status Report For Detroit City Council,” identifies 211 dispensary locations in the city and includes a map. The status report also says, “Notice

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Feb 032016
 February 3, 2016
ICBC Is A Stand-Out Cannabis Event Among A Sea Of Conferences

By Don Fitch It seems that everywhere you turn these days there is a another cannabis conference popping up. They seem to be a trend, as of late. One thing we all know about trends is that they don’t last. The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) was one of the first on the scene and is unique in many regards. First, even though it is a business conference, it feels a lot like a rally for cannabis reform. It is somewhere in between a high-end business conference and a progressive-thinking drug policy conference. Secondly, the speakers at the ICBC are bar-none

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